Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Smartphone makers bow to demands for more openness

For many Android enthusiasts, "openness" is almost an 11th commandment. So when manufacturers began restricting full access to Android smartphones a couple years ago, many saw it as a cardinal sin. Good news for you smartphone modders: some manufacturers are beginning to see the light.

"Today, I'm confirming we will no longer be locking the bootloaders on our devices," wrote HTC CEO Peter Chou in a Facebook post on Thursday evening. "There has been overwhelmingly [sic] customer feedback that people want access to open bootloaders on HTC phones."

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